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Above is a picture of the new bridge over the South Fork of the White River, downstream about four miles from the South Fork Campground, showing the width of the old bridge on the right and the new bridge on the left.
The bridge carries County Road 10 over the South Fork and is nearly finished with completion of the connecting approaches by early summer.
The final cost will be about $1 million with funding as follows: Federal funds are $757,289 with Rio Blanco County funds of $189,323 for an approximate total cost of $946,612.
Some county citizens expressed consternation over spending these county funds on a bridge where the road is only four miles from a dead end (at the South Fork Campground) and is closed for at least seven months each year.
However, the county should be proud of a brand new, full-strength bridge good for many years of service.
The county engineers office directed the work, and construction is by G.A. Western.